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Ookla and Hull ISP KC Launch 1000Mbps Capable Broadband Speed Tester

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 (1:27 pm) - Score 2,570

The incumbent telecoms operator for Hull in Yorkshire (England), KC, has teamed up with Ookla to launch a new broadband speed tester that’s capable of “accurately” measuring the internet download and upload speeds of even the fastest 1Gbps (Gigabits per second) capable fibre optic FTTP connections.

Understandably the move is designed to help promote KC’s new Lightstream fibre optic (FTTP) broadband service, which offers speeds of up to 350Mbps and is currently being rolled out to pass 15,000 local homes and businesses by the end of 2012.

Andrew Whale, Director of Engineering at KC, said:

When people first get fibre broadband connected they’re blown away by the speeds, but we found that other speed checkers didn’t always return an accurate result when testing our fastest service. [So] we decided to develop a speed checker based on Ookla technology.

As well as letting customers know exactly how fast their Lightstream service is, because the new speed checker is directly connected to our next generation core network we can test even faster speeds than those we’re offering at the moment.”

In fairness it’s difficult to describe any anecdotal speed tester as “accurate” because service speed can be affected by a multitude of different factors, which may or may not return a result that reflects the actual capability of your physical connection or internet performance in general. But they’re still useful toys that often help to identify abnormal performance issues.

Likewise linking the new tester to KC’s core network will naturally showcase optimum results for KC’s own customers. In any case you can give it a try below, not that there’s much point unless you’re one of a tiny portion of people with a true 1Gbps connection. Lucky devils.

In reality some testers can already check 1Gbps connectivity.

KCs Fibre Speed Test
http://fibretest.kc.kcom.com

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar Kyle says:

    So it’s absolutely no different to using speedtest.net and choosing the Hull location.

    Shame on ISPr for reporting this!

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Silly comment. We report on all ISP news relevant to the consumer market and always have. I felt it important to cover this as no doubt others will cover it and do so without putting the correct context in.

  2. Avatar James says:

    No, not the same as using the location Hull within speedtest.net, but if your on sub 100Mbps then probably you are correct within your generalisation.

    I’m aware (having tested it myself) that current speedtest.net hosts are not capable of testing high speeds (300+) and this is not just down to the connectivity of the server host, fundamentally speedtest.net testers had not been developed ‘at the code level’ within getting any ‘accurate’ estimate in relation to faster download speeds. KC, I read is deploying FTTP and not FTTC therefore speeds are and will be higher than most of the UK. Most people will not even notice the difference within the results to this hosts due to the limitation of there access+transit.. but well done KC, at least we know someone is thinking ahead.

  3. Avatar adslmax says:

    Some speedtest.net hosts will do gigabit.

    1. Avatar James says:

      if based upon the current Ookla test engine, then no they don’t.. they lie… Ookla’s next public engine release is due early next year, this will be coded to support these higher speeds out of the box.

    2. Avatar DanielM says:

      @James

      I Run Speedtest.net servers for ookla. and 1 is 10 gigabit the others are 1Gbps.

      So what your saying is nonsense.

      Only 4 test servers in the uk dont have gigabit.

    3. Avatar James says:

      your confusing connected server speed with throughput testing speed… 🙂

  4. Avatar Kevin says:

    I have just tested both speedtest.net using the KC server and the KC speedtest.
    For me the KC speedtest on their web-site was far more consistent and gave me a more reliable upload speed test, this is on a 40Mb leased line.

    1. Avatar James says:

      think this says more about your connection than anything else. Like the article states, its all estimates and testing from outside of the test server network will effect the results.

  5. Avatar Darren says:

    The upload on ookla tests always underestimate, the faster the connection the bigger the underestimate is. This one is even worse than speedtest.net:

    KC OOKLA upload Speed: 12.58 Mbps: http://i.imgbox.com/abn525fy.jpg

    Compared to 17.81 Mbps on speedtest.net: http://www.speedtest.net/result/2310061693.png

    Actual upload throughput is just over 19 Mbps, M-LABs java based test measures it correctly: http://i.imgbox.com/acjaLiQU.jpg

    Finally a screenshot of task manager to show the throughput consistency (or lack of it with ookla based tests): http://i.imgbox.com/adpjIiTG.png

    OOKLA tests are all over the place, M-LAB and actual file upload are consistent and speedy.

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